The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics officially announced its 29 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award today.
On the list: outgoing N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler, who agreed last month to step down from his position. His last day will be June 30.
The news release:
Anaheim, Calif. - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 29 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. There are four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west; while the membership is separated into seven categories - Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A); Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA); Division I (formerly Division I-AAA); Division II; Division III; NAIA; and Junior/Community Colleges, along with one International winner. One winner was selected in each of the seven categories, for a total of 29 honorees. Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA's 45th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.
"Before the program's inception, our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary, who oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected. "The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 29 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of outstanding athletics directors who excel at their jobs."
Winners of the 2009-10 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards are:
WINNER, INSTITUTION, REGION
Football Bowl Subdivision
Northeast - Jeff Hathaway, University of Connecticut
Southeast - Lee Fowler, North Carolina State University
Central - Morgan Burke, Purdue
West - Bob De Carolis, Oregon State University
Football Championship Subdivision
Northeast - David Roach, Colgate University
Southeast - Bob Roller, Samford University
Central - Gregory Burke, Northwestern State University
West - Ky Snyder, University of San Diego
Northeast- Gene Doris, Fairfield University
Southeast - Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State University
Central - Chris Peterson, University of Arkansas Little Rock
West - Pete Carlon, University of Texas at Arlington
Northeast - Sandy Michael, Holy Family University
Southeast - James Watson, West Liberty University
Central - Sue Willey, University of Indianapolis
West - Anita Barker, California State University Chico
Northeast - Don Techer, Rhode Island College
Southeast - Edward Hegmann, University of Mary Washington
Central - Susan Bassett, Carnegie Mellon University
West - Steve Fritz, University of Saint Thomas
Junior College/Community College
Northeast - John Jackson, Dean College
Southeast - Alan Kramer, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Central - Bob Bottger, Saint Louis Community College-Meramec
West - Joe Tubb, South Plains College
NAIA/Other 4-year Institutions
Northeast - Susan Hlavacek, Notre Dame College
Southeast - Darin Wilson, Union College
Central - Jim Abbott, Oklahoma City University
West - Rob Cashell, Eastern Oregon University
International - Murray Hall, Trinity Western University
All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.
Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.